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2014 Incidents
Fire EMS TOTAL
Jan 42 38 80
Feb 32 43 75
Mar 29 44 73
Apr 45 51 96
May 30 37 67
Jun 39 59 98
Jul 35 64 99
Aug 28 49 77
Sep 25 34 59
Oct 37 53 90
Nov 54 53 107
Dec 32 56 88
Total 428 581 1009

2015 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
Jan 44 61 105
Feb 35 52 87
March 41 50 91
April 34 60 94
May 40 55 95
June 32 55 87
July 45 48 93
Aug 28 43 71
Sept 52 42 94
Oct 49 51 100
Nov 38 62 100
Dec 36 51 87
0 474 630 1104

2016 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
January 34 52 86
February 40 40 80
March 29 60 89
April 40 45 85
May 42 55 97
June 56 38 94
July 52 53 105
August 24 51 75
September 37 43 80
October 54 58 112
November 81 49 130
December 53 62 115
0 542 606 1148

2017 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
January 47 58 105
February 36 63 99
March 54 57 111
April 39 52 91
May 58 43 101
June 40 47 87
July 46 61 107
August 41 48 89
September 46 52 98
October 64 48 112
November 55 50 105
December 61 45 106
0 587 624 1211

2018 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
January 57 79 136
February 45 49 94
March 35 60 95
April 36 47 83
May 49 55 104
June 45 58 103
July 50 43 93
August 38 61 99
September 43 39 82
October 64 48 112
November 51 53 104
December 46 54 100
Total 559 646 1205

2019 Incidents
Fire EMS Total
January 43 50 93
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
0 43 50 93

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By Firefighter/EMT/Secretary Troy Storti
January 18, 2019

Winter is in full swing; and with it, comes winter time dangers. Trees down, power lines down, icy road and much more affect our driving and safety while out in the community. The St. Stephens Fire Department wants to take some time and remind the citizens of not only the St. Stephens community, but the surrounding communities as well of the importance of smart decision making and safety.
Winter has heavily affected the Catawba County area, especially in the St. Stephens community, recently regarding roadways and road conditions. In the month of December 2018, the western part of North Carolina was affected by winter storm Diego, leaving anywhere from less than one inch of snow to upwards of over a foot of snow. With this kind of condition, many citizens were left stranded at home and had no means of leaving their residence. In the event of such, it is critical for residences across the state to have supplies and resources ready to shelter in place. According to Ready.gov, residences need to be self-sufficient, or able to survive on their own for at least 72 hours. To accomplish this, it is recommended that every home have a “Winter Weather Survival Kit.” Some of the items that should be included in your survival kit are:

• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Weather/portable radio
• Food and water. Remember, power may go out, buy food items that require no cooking/minimal preparation.
• Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
• First Aid supplies
• Blankets, coats, and extra cloths.
• Alternative heat/power sources such as space heaters and generators. Remember to be fire-safe and have proper ventilation!
• Child toys, board games, etc. for entertainment purposes.
• And any items that your family might need to survive as comfortably as possible.

In the event of mild winter weather, remember to use extreme caution. Just because there is nothing visible outside such as snow, does not mean that nothing has occurred. On the morning of January 13th, 2019, the St. Stephens Fire Department responded to 7 calls within a few hours of reported trees and powerlines down. This event occurred with little to no impact on road conditions, other than the trees that had fallen due to freezing rain the night before. In this event, remember to never approach or remove down powerlines or trees. Be patient if the road is completely blocked and alert the emergency services via 911 to report any powerline or trees in the roadway or that might pose a hazard. Emergency services crews will respond to your location and will do the best they can to open the roadway up or will call for the appropriate resources to re-open the road. Remember, be patient! In winter time weather, emergency services are on their way, but they may be busy with other emergency calls or may be having trouble responding to the emergency location.

Below you will find some links to information regarding winter weather safety. Feel free to contact any of the sources below directly with any questions or contact the St. Stephens Fire Department at 828-256-2375 with any questions dealing with the St. Stephens Community. Remember if you have a true emergency, call 911 directly.

Hyperlinks: National Weather Service
READY - US Department of Homeland Security
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
 
SSFD crews working to remove multiple trees down on Sulphur Springs Road in the early morning.
SSFD crews working to remove multiple trees down on Sulphur Springs Road in the early morning.
SSFD member cutting and removing limbs from down tree on Sulphur Springs Road.
SSFD member cutting and removing limbs from down tree on Sulphur Springs Road.
 
SSFD members utilizing chain saws to removed the down tree in pieces.
SSFD members utilizing chain saws to removed the down tree in pieces.
Large tree down at 34th Street Drive NE.
Large tree down at 34th Street Drive NE.
 
Crews were only able to remove part of the tree due to the size and location of the tree down. DOT was called to remove the rest and for clean up.
Crews were only able to remove part of the tree due to the size and location of the tree down. DOT was called to remove the rest and for clean up.
Remember to use caution when driving durning and after winter weather. Crews were only able to remove part of the tree due to the size and location of the tree down. DOT was called to remove the rest and for clean up.
Remember to use caution when driving durning and after winter weather. Crews were only able to remove part of the tree due to the size and location of the tree down. DOT was called to remove the rest and for clean up.
 
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